Apple Pie: as American as Revolution

Or as R decided the post should be called: “Apple Pie, Occupy”.

To help get the word out about the Occupy Wall Street Movement myself and several other food bloggers are posting and apple pie recipe today and discussing OWS.

If you haven’t heard about the Occupy Wall Street Movement, also know as OWS, then you should read a bit about it.  If you still aren’t feeling moved to action then watch some of the footage of Occupy Oakland from Tuesday nightThese videos left me speechless and infuriated.  The injured marine, who was there to protest peacefully, was hospitalized with a fractured skull and brain swelling.

What started as a few dozen people in New York has become thousands and has spread to just about every major city in the U.S. and to several major cities across the globe.  Why?  Because we the people are fed up with economic, political, and social injustices that serve corporations and the rich and leave average citizens scrambling to try and keep their head above the water.

Every day I have been reading about the work being done by occupiers and the resistance they are meeting from the authorities and the media.  A friend of mine traveled to join the movement in New York and is now back in Detroit continuing to stand up for our rights.  I worried about him and the other protesters as I saw news that protesters on a peaceful march were being arrested.  The movement has spread to my city, I witness a march while on the way to the airport to pick up someone for work.  All the while the mainstream media was looking at the amazing movement as if it were just a bunch of jobless, hippies.

Here’s some clarification, most of you reading this are the 99%.  Even if you have a job, have minimal to no debt, and have health insurance, you still are probably part of the 99%.  I am part of it.  The 1% are the people who are not effected by the recession, who have enough money they don’t have to worry.  Some of the 1% recognize the economic injustices of the wealthy being taxed less than average citizens.  And that is that 1% of the population hold 40% of household wealth and the bottom 50% hold 1% of the wealth.

My point of view is that everyone should be taxed the same percent of their income, no loopholes for the rich.

I keep coming back to an presentation that was made in a sociology class in college.  The professor brought in a cake and told us we each would get some.  Great!  Who doesn’t like cake?  But the catch was that it would be divided the way the wealth is divided in our country.  So she cut the cake in half, and that piece went to one student.  The remaining piece was cut in half and given to another student.  After all the pieces were cut down and handed out the remain 5 students who didn’t get a piece were told they got the crumbs left in the pan.  And she told us this was not quite accurate because we were only a class of 20 and not 100.  We as students saw how unfair this distribution was and redistributed the cake, the student with half the cake who admitted he couldn’t eat that much cut his down and shared it with the 5 who got crumbs.  A few student who received larger than normal slices also shared theirs.

There are a lot more things that OWS is fighting for beyond fair taxes.  Banking standards is another big issue that I agree with.  And personally I am considering closing my bank account once the $5 service fee for using a debit card goes into effect.

For my pie recipe I decided to make pie cookies that I saw on smitten kitchen.  Partially because two friends had sent me a link to the recipe, but also because there was something great about individual servings of pie.  No disputing over who got the larger piece, fitting with the occupy movement.  Each cookie is the same size, with the same amount of delicious apple filling.  Granted it was hard to eat just one, but I brought them to a party and they were gone in a flash.

We need revolution, we need change.  Occupy the Blogs, Occupy Everywhere.

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  1. I had planned on making an apple pie for the Halloween party tonight but I had lots of green tomatoes I needed to use up, so made a green tomato mincemeat pie instead. The spicy aroma of it is filling the house with “Yum”. It does contain apples.

    Unlike many of you who are following this blog, I lived through the late 60s, early 70s. I remember the idealism we had back then even though I never actually protested myself, nor got into the hippy scene. For the last 15 years or so, I have been disappointed by how materialistic my generation and succeeding ones became (OK, I’m as much to blame as the next). Luckily, we have lived a comfortable, secure life. Not so my children’s generation.

    College tuition has skyrocketed in the last 40 years. The young adults coming out have huge loans to repay and are just scrapping by financially, if they even have a job. They are faced with much uncertainty. People our age who are around retirement age have seen their life savings, that will sustain them in the next decades, dwindle and Social Security and Medicare threatened even if they are lucky enough to keep their jobs. Many are laid off with no prospect of a job ahead. Corporations are making big profits and paying big salaries and bonuses to top executives while laying off people and cutting back on benefits to their employees.

    I worked for banks back when there was still a lot of regulation. To avoid their collapse like during the Great Depression, a bank could only have branches within a 30 mile radius of their main office. That way, if a bank failed, the government could cover the deposits so the average person would not get hurt. The government might have to pay millions of dollars but not the billions it would entail now. Loans were made a few percentage points above what the banks paid for savings accounts. Since the banks didn’t just pass on the loans to someone else, they made sure they the loans were fairly secure. I still don’t know when all that changed. And it really irks me that the banks got bailed out but that didn’t help the poor people who still had to face foreclosure.

    For too long, we moderates have not spoken up. The Occupy Wall Street, etc. movement is one with whom we can identify. Although I would like to see more specifics on how we can effect the changes to make things more equitable, it is the first time in my life I have been tempted to join a protest and demonstrate. While we have never made enough money for a lot of luxuries or fancy trips and have had to be careful on spending, we have had a comfortable life and put our kids through college (thanks to their hard work in getting some scholarships). I would hope that their generation has a chance as well.

    Our country started out protesting unfairness. Now, let us take up their torch. Revolution is as American as apple pie.


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